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For Clones, photographer Erdal Inci creates mesmerizing gifs of a single choreographed action repeated in a loop ad infinitum. As in an etching by M.C. Escher, time is expressed spatially, the activity of several passing moments coexisting in a single frame.

By replicating a specific performative gesture— in this case, stumbling— Inci creates unexpectedly graceful patterns from the chaotic movements of life. In this repetitive stumble, shot in Istanbul’s iconic Taksim Square, the hurried blunder of an instant ceases to be jarring, moving instead towards a soothing uniformity of form and motion.

Image © Erdal Inci